Instead of giving a speech at a town hall, Mo Brooks is talking dinner table issues.

At dinner tables.

The Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate is driving around the state visiting local restaurants to chat with people one-on-one. Brooks dropped in on the lunch hour at Brewton’s Camp 31, moving from table to table to make his case while listening to voters. As it turns out, he’s hearing several concerns.

“It’s border security, it’s what happening in Ukraine, it’s inflation, it’s the economy, honest and accurate elections, the battle between socialism and free enterprise, the battle between moral values and amoral values,” said Brooks. “There are a lot of concerns Alabama voters have right now.”

Brooks said he wants to set the record straight about the attack ads run by his opponents and shared his thoughts with restaurant patrons.

“When they try to portray me as anti-national security and a supporter of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, that’s pretty doggone low,” Brooks said. “What I’ve got to do is get people to think. I’ve been elected to public office 14 different times: as a County Commissioner, as a legislator and six times as a Congressman. Would I have been elected once, much less 14 times, if these attack ads had any semblance of truth in them?”

The congressman was invited to Camp 31 by restaurant owner Adam Manasco, who led Brooks around the tables and introduced him. Though it is often thought to be risky for a business to take a political stance by supporting a particular candidate, Manasco feels it’s worth it.

“When it comes to what I feel is right for my business and what’s right for America, I have to go with who I believe in,” Manasco said.

Brooks said one of his priorities for the future is an investigation of Hunter Biden.

“We believe that there should be a special counsel appointed,” Brooks said. “All these things need to be investigated by someone who is independent of the White House and who is not a White House-controlled Attorney General. We can get that done now or when the Republicans capture the House and the Senate.”

Brooks said he would welcome a debate with the other candidates but doubts they would agree. He plans to be at the Republican rally in Monroeville set for April 21, as he continues to campaign in the southern part of the state.

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